THE victims of what is thought to be the UK’s first Bitcoin robbery are in hiding after masked raiders wielding guns burst into their home last week.
Trader Danny Aston and his partner Amy Jay have not been seen at their sprawling countryside home since the aggravated robbery on Monday.
Mr Aston, known online as Goldiath, is registered as director of a company which trades in cryptocurrency from the family’s £800,000 home in Moulsford, Oxfordshire.
A neighbour yesterday said the young couple, aged 31 and 30, had gone into hiding at a secret address after the terrifying raid.
They said: “I was not here at the time but I know the couple have left and are staying with relatives, they haven’t been back since.
“We are all obviously a bit shaken up, even though a few days have passed now. It is not what you expect to happen around here.”
The gang took the couple’s child out in a pram as they tied the trader’s partner up and threatened him at gunpoint to transfer his Bitcoin fortune to them.
The value of the online currency has soared in recent months and is sitting at £8,000 per coin.
Schoolchildren were reportedly locked inside as a police helicopter looked for the suspects and quizzed local residents.
A girl from Cranford House Prepatory School described how the students were told to get to safety as the armed robbery happened nearby.
She said: “We were all told to get down on the floor and stay in the middle of the schoolroom. All the curtains were closed and the doors locked.
“No-one knew what was going on but it was scary to say the least.”
Police said that men were seen wearing balaclavas and jumping over a fence at the front of the private road by a passer-by on the school run in Moulsford.
No arrests have been made and anyone with any information relating to the incident should call Thames Valley Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Bitcoin is a virtual currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown computer whizz using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.
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Transactions are made without middlemen, so there are no transaction fees and no need to give your real name.
Bitcoin is attractive to some users because of its anonymity, as well as its lack of government control.
Daniel Roy put his £1.65million townhouse in Peckham, South London, on the market for 500 bitcoin in September 2017.